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The corks pop for SDL Passolo

SDL plc

Thursday, 28 February, 2008

Celebrating ten years of leadership in the visual software localization market

SDL Maidenhead, United Kingdom

28 February 2008

SDL, the leading provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, together with PASS Engineering are celebrating ten years of success for SDL Passolo ®, their award winning software localization tool. This occasion has given the management the opportunity to reflect on the journey so far, but also to promote new ideas and prepare for future opportunities.

Back in 1998, founders Florian Sachse and Achim Herrman developed PASSOLO as a software localization tool that could handle a large variety of different file formats. This became just one of the many reasons translators, small companies and large enterprises soon selected PASSOLO as their preferred software localization tool. Particularly regarding Microsoft .NET compatibility and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) support, PASSOLO set new standards for the industry. "We have always been dedicated to providing scalable software solutions for businesses, including visual software localization as well as integrated solutions with translation memory systems," says Florian Sachse, Managing Director of PASS Engineering. His personal vision has always been to provide customers with a single technology platform that can be used for the localization of all file formats, including documentation and Web content in addition to software.

Florian continues: "Joining forces with SDL in 2007 marks a significant new era in the company's history. Before this SDL Passolo had already built a strong reputation for itself, but with SDL – a $200m leader in Global Information Management with 50 offices and nearly 2,000 people worldwide – at its side, PASS Engineering can scale to meet the ever-changing challenges of the international market with greater certainty. We are convinced of the key role localization plays in the globalization process, because it extends the value proposition of a product and delivers a real competitive advantage. We recognized this connection early on and are working with SDL to effectively develop its market potential. There is no end in sight to our success story."

Various events and promotions are planned to celebrate 2008 as the Year of SDL Passolo. For more information on SDL Passolo visit www.sdl.com/passolo

About the SDL Passolo Business Unit

The SDL Passolo Business Unit, headquartered in Bonn, Germany, was founded in 1990 by Achim Herrmann and Florian Sachse; in 1998 they developed the first version of PASSOLO (PASS Software Localizer), marking the start of the product's success story; the tool was voted "most popular software localization tool" in a recent international online survey. In June 2007 PASS Engineering became part of SDL International, the worldwide leading provider of solutions for global information management (GIM) and is now the world’s largest provider of visual software localization.

For further information on SDL Passolo ®, please visit www.passolo.com or contact PASS Engineering, Remigiusstr. 1, 53111 Bonn (Germany), Phone: +49 228 697242, Fax: +49 228 697104, E-mail: [email protected]

About SDL

SDL is the leader in Global Information Management (GIM) solutions that empower organizations to accelerate the delivery of high-quality multilingual content to global markets. Its enterprise software and services integrate with existing business systems to manage the delivery of global information from authoring to publication and throughout the distributed translation supply chain.

Global industry leaders rely on SDL to provide enterprise software or hosted services for their GIM processes, including ABN-Amro, Best Western, Bosch, Canon, Chrysler, CNH, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Philips, SAP, Sony, SUN Microsystems and Virgin Atlantic.

SDL has implemented more than 400 enterprise GIM soutions, has deployed over 150,000 software licenses across the GIM ecosystem and provides access to on-demand translation portals for 10 million customers per month. Over 1,000 service professionals deliver consulting, implementation and language services through its global infrastructure of more than 50 offices in 30 countries. For more information, visit www.sdl.com

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